Dyslexia awareness goes on all year long. It HAS to. Last month I published a post with 12 books with dyslexic characters you can’t miss for Dyslexia Awareness Month. There was a huge response! So I started digging even deeper. I thought, “Emily, you have to do a second list.” So I did!
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Here, you will find:
- More books for students in a wide range of grades and or ages.
- More books you need to check out from the library.
Perhaps you could find one to give as a gift this holiday season. If you enjoyed the last list as much as I did, you are going to love this one. And when all is said and done, you will have about 25 titles to choose from! Many of you didn’t even know some of these books existed in my last post, so I am thrilled to help track down these titles for you and compile them into these lists.
The nice thing about this collection is the larger number of selections that will help to explain what dyslexia is for kids to understand at their developmental level.
- Back to Front and Upside Down by Claire Alexander- Younger children will identify with Stan’s struggle with letter formation as the whole class is writing birthday cards for the school principal.
- My Friend Has Dyslexia by: Amanda Doering Tourville- From the Friends With Disabilities series, this picture book is written in the voice of a friend of someone with dyslexia. The lessons of friendship and loyalty will appeal to younger elementary grades. There’s a brief explanation about dyslexia included at the end.
- I Have Dyslexia: What Does That Mean? by: Shelley Ball-Dannenburg and Delaney Dannenburg- Young readers will enjoy 8-year-old Delaney as she describes what it is like to have dyslexia.
- Taking Dyslexia To School by: Karen Schader- The author provides little quizzes and teacher tips to help the reader empathize with someone who has dyslexia. The main character learns new strategies to help him in school.
- The Higgledy-Piggledy Pigeon by: Don M. Winn Children will love the misadventures of Hank the homing pigeon who struggles with finding the right direction. Don Winn is an award winning author and dyslexia advocate.
- Why Can’t I Read? by: Laurie O’Hara Children need to know that despite the obstacles they may face when dealing with dyslexia, there are ways to build up strength and resilience. Find out how A.J. the main character, gets help on his journey.
- Dyslexic Renegade by: Leia Schwartz- Written in the voice of Leia, a nine year old with dyslexia, you’ll learn about her daily struggles with school. Leia’s illustrations will help you truly understand what it feels like to be a child with dyslexia.
- Knees: the mixed up world of a boy with dyslexia by: Vanita Oelschlager- The author chose to use a special font and heavy matte paper, so the words couldn’t be seen from the other side. This may be helpful to some readers. Written in rhyming couplets, kids with find out how Louis gets through school on a daily basis.
- Spell Shaper by: by Sarah Aghajanian Now here is a fantasy book with a unique character! Finn the elf has dyslexia. He learns that his struggles actually bring him magical gifts. I hear there they may more books with Finn the elf coming after this one, so stay tuned!
- Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You by: Barthe DeClements- (recommended for upper elementary/middle school) Helen has come to hate school. Name calling has put her over the edge. (strong language alert: The word, retard is used.) She’s put into a special class to get her the help she needs. This book may feel a bit negative for some, but it’s a great choice to discuss the roles of adults as they help kids who struggle.
- Family Tree Series: Best Kept Secret by: Ann M. Martin- This is book three in the Family Tree series, so you might want to consider reading the first two before this one. Follow Francie as she struggles through school, but finds success and graduates from college.
- Dyslexia Is My Superpower (Most of The Time) by: Margaret Rooke- Filled with 100 interviews and illustrations from young people ages 8-18, this book is meant to do one thing, help your child unlock the key to their hidden potential. This is truly inspire!
Thank you for checking out part two of this series,
Please be sure to read Part 3: MORE Children’s Books About Dyslexia!